Monday, 5 November 2012

"Can you study with me?"...

Its been an amazing couple of weeks.... The ministry has been fantastic and really fruitful...

Here's a couple of experiences...

Out witnessing on the weekend, we were working a block literally in front of our house, we thought great because it'll give our neighbours a chance to get to know us.  As we were knocking on the door of a house just across the street from us, a lady approached us from behind and we immediately thought she must live in the house we were visiting.  To our surprise she said she had seen us visiting people and figured we were witnessing and didn't want to miss out on asking us for a bible study.  This lady was previously studying and attending meetings but had stopped since the border changes.  She's been wanting to go to meetings but hasn't been able to and hence lost contact with the witnesses for a while.  She asked who would be happy to study with her and of course I volunteered.  She lives right in front of our house and is eager to progress and come back to meetings. We arranged a time to visit her to restart the study.

When I went to give her the study she told me she had a friend that would be dropping by who had questions about the bible and was hoping I could answer them.  When her friend arrived, she joined us in the study and asked a few questions of her own. Towards the end of the study I explained it would be best for her to have her own study so we could tailor it to her needs, she was happy to take up the offer and we start her study tomorrow night. This young woman works 7 days a week, the only time she rests is at night...

Another one...

The other day we got home and after parking the car we saw a nice washing machine connected outside one of the apartments, it belongs to one of the neighbours who couldn't connect the washing machine inside their apartment so they had to connect it outside. The next day while at the shops, Jeremy being the thoughtful person he is, bought them a washing machine cover so it wouldn't get wrecked being exposed to the elements. The couple were so thankful they gave us a plate of flan (similar to cream caramel....yummy!).  The husband approached Jeremy and asked him which church we attended because he heard we were here to teach people about the bible (they thought we were Mormons!). Jeremy explained who we were and what some of our beliefs are. The guy asked if we do Bible studies because he wanted to change in various ways, so Jeremy offered a Bible Study and arranged to visit them later in the evening which we have just came back from. We had a great conversation with them, they are searching for the truth about God, they have seen the confused state religion finds itself in and wonder why.  They had some great questions and were happy with the answers we gave them from the bible. They mentioned they wholeheartedly wanted to change and apply what they learn.  Jeremy invited them to the meeting and hopefully if he's not working that night they'll be coming along this Thursday. As we were finishing up, they served us hot chocolate and biscuits. It'll be an interesting study and it'll be our first study for us to do together.

A funny thing they mentioned was that they've been wanting to study the bible with someone, a few friends have given them addresses from different religious denominations but they haven't been able to find them and felt like it was an answer to their prayers when we moved in and they found out that's exactly what we helped people with..... how busy have the angels been?

So far all the studies we've started have found us!...haha..  it's been great to be used by Jehovah.. Conducting bible studies here is so different from back home, especially when they are the ones who look  for you. I was told by a fellow pioneer in these cases it helps to let the study know that coming to meetings is part of the curriculum and just as important as the study itself, and it works, if all goes to plan 3 of the new studies will be at the meeting...Yeah!!

We've had a bit of a flu outbreak here, being winter (the rainy season) it took us out for a couple of weeks, yet look what still took place....feeling better now... (hmm... maybe that's why Jehovah made them come to us?....)

A little problem we've encountered is we have no Bible teach books in our cong, so Jeremy and I have one between the two of us and those who we study with will have to look on for now unless we can try to source some from different congs. Literature here is priceless and hard to come by! Hopefully the BH books will arrive soon...

My parents 30th anniversary was last weekend, so we took them to a nice restaurant for dinner. The restaurant was in an old house refurbished into a beautiful hotel, they sat us near the garden which was lit up and looked absolutely gorgeous, the meal was fantastic.... Dad opened one of his special wines he brought over from Australia that he had been keeping for over 10 years especially for this occasion.  Best red wine ever! it was actually over 17 yrs old, vintage bottle older than my brother...haha... well worth the wait... It was an awesome night...

I (Jeremy speaking now) had the privilege of going to the one day elders school last Sunday, for those of you back in Aus still waiting to go make sure you don't miss it! Guaranteed, it is one you wont forget and will really appreciate - Jehovah's chariot is not only moving ahead spiritually speaking, but keeping ahead with the times, that's all i can say without giving away too much!!

We hope you are all well and enjoying the updates, Katherine is working hard here also despite the flu she's had and Jehovah is blessing her for it, we pray he continues to help not only us but all of you also, take care till next time....
 
JnK